Picture a big bowl of pasta blanketed in a mild, creamy, garlicky alfredo sauce. This recipe uses five superfoods to create that amazing sauce. The results? Your tastebuds are happy and your body is fueled. You'll return to this delicious mac-and-cheese recipe again and again.

Superfood Cheesy Mac With Roasted Cauliflower [Vegan]

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Serves

4

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Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, separated into florets 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, whole
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or more lemon)
  • 4 cups uncooked macaroni
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Preparation

To Roast the Vegetables:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F, and spread out cauliflower florets, chopped onion, carrot, and garlic. Drizzle with melted coconut oil and bake for 40 minutes, taking it out of the oven once and a while to toss everything around.
  2. Pull vegetables out of oven when cauliflower is slightly browned on the tips.

To Make the Sauce:

  1. While your cauliflower is roasting, add into high-speed blender: water, soaked sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and salt.
  2. Once the roasted vegetables are cool enough to handle, scoop them into blender.
  3. Blend on high for 2-5 minutes, until sauce is perfectly creamy. There should be no grainy bits. Your blender may fight at first a bit, in this case spoon around the thick mixture to get rid of air pockets, add more olive oil or water. Pulsing seems to help too.
  4. Once mixture is completely smooth, taste and adjust seasonings as necessary and serve.
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